Life – and travel – becomes more sedate as you head west through some of the south coast's delicious scenery. With only a few exceptions, urban life is left behind once the road traverses Grand Bois and snakes its way along the coastline via Grande Anse and Manapany-les-Bains.
If you want to explore the Hauts, take the turn-off for Petite Île. From Petite Île, a scenic road wobbles slowly up to some charming villages. Continue uphill until the junction with the D3. If you turn left, you'll reach Mont-Vert-les-Hauts, approximately 5km to the west (and from there it's an easy drive downhill to the coast via Mont-Vert-les-Bas); if you turn right, you will cross Manapany-les-Hauts before reaching Les Lianes for St-Joseph.